BATH — United Way of Mid Coast Maine’s Dollars for Diapers fundraising campaign has come to a close after raising $4,594.
Bath Savings Institution donated $1,000, an anonymous donor made a $500 contribution, and the Bath Rotary gave $1,000 to the cause. In total, the money raised should be able to keep local young families outfitted with diapers for nearly a year.
“We’re well on our way to providing diapers for the Bath Food Pantry for almost a year,” said Nancy Jennings, who was integral to organizing the campaign. “We really got a great head start with all of this.”
In addition to the money raised, posters and displays pinned all over downtown helped raise awareness of an issue that many people don’t think about. “It wasn’t money in canisters that put us over the top; it was the awareness of people who said, ‘how can I help?’” said Jennings.
The top five businesses that received the most canister donations are One Stop Deli, Witch Spring Hill Ice Cream, Now You’re Cooking, Five County Credit Union, and Mustard Seed Bookstore.
Wendy Morris, owner of One Stop Deli, said she had no idea that her business raised the most. She attributed it to the reputation of United Way.
“I think United Way does a great job. We’re always happy to support any good cause,” said Morris. “I think anything that goes through United Way, people are going to support.”
Bath Food Pantry Executive Director Kimberly Gates said that the support is sorely needed. “Their diapers have been a lifesaver,” she said. “Our biggest growing number right now is young families with young children.”
Prior to the United Way’s efforts, Gates said she wasn’t able to carry diapers.“They’ve shopped around, they’ve done their homework. They got a great deal on diapers that I never could get.”
Gates said the generosity of people in town doesn’t surprise her, as the donations and outpouring of support she recieves on a regular basis always exceeds her expectations.
“This community is just itching to make a difference, and when they find something they can sink their teeth into, they do,” she said.